The UK is gearing up for the launch of the most efficient engine yet in two of Ford’s most popular vehicles.
Later this month, Ford will offer both the C-MAX (pictured) and Grand C-MAX with the industry acclaimed 1.0litre EcoBoost engine – offering best-in-class CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency.
There will be two versions of the International Engine of the Year included with the models: customers can choose between a 100PS and 125PS version. According to Ford, the 1.0litre C-MAX will be capable of 55mpg with CO2 emissions of 117g/km; while the Grand C-MAX can achieve 54.3mpg and emissions of 119g/km.
According to Roelant de Waard, who is the vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford Europe, the engine is already hugely popular with more than 7,500 customers in Britain ordering it since its launch – making up around 25 per cent of total orders.
“People love this engine – it puts a smile on your face when you drive and it’s amazingly fuel-efficient,” he said. “It’s already very popular on the new Focus, so it makes a lot of sense to offer it in the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX as soon as possible.”
The three-cylinder 1.0litre EcoBoost engine will use direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing and Ford predicts that by 2015 more than half the vehicles it produces for Europe will be powered by EcoBoost engines.
In addition, the updated Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX will include a panoramic roof, xenon headlamps, heated front seats and new 17inch alloy wheels as standard within its new Titanium X series. It will also offer the SYNC in-car connectivity system; as well as a host of driver assistance technologies including: auto high beam; driver alert; traffic signal recognition; lane keeping aid; lane departure warning; and active city stop.
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